I know, I know. We’ve done a terrible job of keeping up with the blog this year. Our last post was all the way back in June, announcing that we were open for the season. Gosh, that feels like a long time ago.
We promise we had big plans to keep you updated throughout the summer about what we were doing, and what was going. But we hit the ground running right from day 1, and never looked back.
This was a wild year! Over 800 guests through our little hostel, sharing stories, experiences, and fun with us and our great team of volunteers!
We had a wonderful time, and met a lot of great people. We did a huge amount of work to the property, and transformed the little Bungalow. We brought in great new weekly activities including Sunday Supper and Thursday Beer & Quiz with Friends at the Port Rexton Brewery.
This season set the scene for years to come. We learnt what a busy Skerwink Hostel looks like, feels like, lives and breathes like. We learnt that hostel activities are great fun, and a great way to show off our wonderful area. We learnt more about how we can reduce the hostel waste through repurposing and upcycling. We learnt that we’re not so good at gardening, perhaps next year… And we had a chance to learn about how to be tourists ourselves.
Did I lose you on that last one? Let me explain:
At the end of the season, Gavin and I took some down time. We went off to Nicaragua for a glorious 3 weeks of sun, sand, and spiced rum.
It had been a long time since either of us had been on an actual holiday, an adventure to the unknown, where you’re learning as you go.
It gave us a great opportunity to unwind, but it also gave us a chance to remember what it feels like. To be unfamiliar, to be unsure. To not know where you are, what is going on, or what to look for. To be a tourist, a traveler, an adventurer.
Now, you may think that Nicaragua and Newfoundland are hugely different places, and traveling one is in no way similar to traveling the other. In some respects you are definitely right, but the differences between the two are not so numerous as you may imagine.
Like Newfoundland, many businesses in Nicaragua do not have on online presence, making information on them hard to find, for those of us used to being able to find everything you need whenever you need it.
Like Nicaragua, many places in Newfoundland do not have a physical address. No street name, no number, no nothing.
Like Newfoundland, Nicaraguan stores can be confusing to non-residents, filled with unfamiliar foods, and lacking what many consider staples.
And finally, like Nicaraguans, Newfoundlanders can occasionally be hard to understand.
We took this on board, and realized that the most beneficial thing we can do for our guests, is provide as much info as possible, on us, on hosteling, and on Newfoundland in general.
We realized that helpful travel advice didn’t need to come from the big Newfoundland Tourism websites, but could be offered by us. Some of the most useful guides we found were by small businesses like ourselves.
And so we have made a plan: to populate the internet with as much helpful information on traveling Newfoundland as we can come up with.
Some info is geared toward our guests, helping them find their way to us. Some is geared toward budget travelers, helping them get around the province. And some is geared toward anyone and everyone who has ever thought: “Where’s Newfoundland?”.
We hope you will forgive our long silence. We are excited about dedicating the next few months to filling our website with as much helpful information as we can, and we hope you will enjoy all the great content coming your way!